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Old 01-17-2007, 02:05 AM   #1
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Hi, it has been over 72 hours and there has been no bubbling in the airlock since I closed the lid. From what I have read I think this means my yeast is dead or not activating. The temp is 70 F. Is this the problem?

And what kind of yeast would I need to get? I am making a German Oktoberfest but didn't save the packet of yeast I originally put in there. I obviously want to get it fast but does anyone know of brewing supply stores in Manhattan??

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Old 01-17-2007, 02:10 AM   #2
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is it on a concrete floor?


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Old 01-17-2007, 02:22 AM   #3
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No its on a wood floor, in a closet. It's away from all light and the temperature remains 69-71F.

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:28 AM   #4
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do you know if was a lager yeast? Typically an Oktoberfest would be. That's a bottom fermenting yeast that needs to be quite a bit cooler
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:32 AM   #5
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I just had a problem where I wasn't getting any action in the airlock. Just like you I assumed that my yeast was dead, but when I looked inside there was foam on the top of the wort and it smelled like beer. It ended up being a bad seal around the airlock and he air was escaping. I lubed up the lock and it was bubbling away.

I'd say pull out your airlock and take a quick peak/whiff inside. If you've got foam you just need to double check your seals. Hopefully this is the problem as it is an easy/free fix.

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:01 AM   #6
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I don't know if it was a lager yeast but the directions from Brewer's Best say to keep it at 68-72F during fermentation.

I will try the airlock suggestion. What did you lube it up with?

 
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Old 01-17-2007, 03:11 AM   #7
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Ok, took the airlock out and everything smelled fine but there was no foam whatsoever and no sign of anything happening inside. I think the yeast is just dead?

So what kind of yeast do I need to get? And does anyone know of a store I can run to tomorrow in Manhattan? If not, how long can it wait until I add a new batch of yeast?

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Old 01-18-2007, 02:16 AM   #8
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A good homebrew shop will be able to help you. Heres a site thats got a large list of homebrew shops with links:
http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowHomebrewShops.asp
If all else fails bust out the yellow pages and look under beer and winemaking supplies.



 
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